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Avocado Fruit Salad with Tangerine Vinaigrette

Ingredients
3 medium ripe avocados, peeled and thinly sliced
3 medium mangoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup fresh blackberries
1/4 cup minced fresh mint
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Dressing:
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon grated tangerine or orange peel
1/4 cup tangerine or orange juice
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Directions
Arrange avocados and fruit on a serving plate; sprinkle with mint and almonds. In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients until blended; drizzle over salad. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Avocado Fruit Salad with Tangerine Vinaigrette

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Cheesy Southwest Chicken Stuffed Red Peppers

Ingredients
1 cup Old El Paso™ Thick ‘n Chunky medium salsa (from 16-oz jar)
5 large red bell peppers
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 medium poblano chile, seeded and chopped
1 serrano chile, seeded and chopped
1 package (0.85 oz) Old El Paso™ chicken taco seasoning mix
1 can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen™ organic fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
3/4 cup Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup uncooked instant white rice
1 1/4 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 1/4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (5 oz)
1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips
Sour cream, if desired

1 Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 8-inch square (2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray; spread salsa in baking dish.

2 Cut thin slice from stem end of each bell pepper to remove top of pepper. Remove seeds and membranes; rinse peppers. If necessary, cut thin slice from bottom of each pepper so they stand up straight.

3 In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, poblano chile and serrano chile. Cook 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened. Stir in taco seasoning mix, tomatoes, broth and salt. Heat to simmering. Stir in rice; remove from heat. Let stand 2 minutes to allow rice to absorb most of the moisture. Add chicken and cheese.

4 Stuff peppers with chicken and rice mixture. Stand peppers upright in baking dish.

5 Cover tightly with foil. Bake 20 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle tops of peppers generously with crushed tortilla chips. Bake uncovered 15 to 20 minutes longer or until peppers are tender and tops are lightly browned. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve with sour cream.

Recipe found here: Cheesy Southwest Chicken Stuffed Red Peppers

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Slow Cooked BBQ Pork Ribs

Ingredients
4 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs
2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup prepared mustard
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions
Place ribs in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Combine the remaining ingredients; pour over top. Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours or until meat is tender.

Remove ribs and keep warm. Skim fat from sauce; serve with ribs. Yield: 8 servings.

Switch-and-Go Ribs: Place ribs in slow cooker. Substitute 3/4 cup each orange marmalade and teriyaki sauce and 2-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic for remaining ingredients. Prepare as directed.

Maple Pork Ribs: Layer ribs in slow cooker with 1 sliced large onion. Substitute 3/4 cup maple syrup and 1/2 cup Dijon mustard for remaining ingredients. Prepare as directed.

Sweet and Savory Ribs: Layer ribs in slow cooker with 1 chopped large onion. Substitute one 18-ounce bottle honey barbecue sauce, 1/3 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard and 1/4 teaspoon pepper for remaining ingredients. Prepare as directed.

Recipe found here: Slow Cooked BBQ Pork Ribs

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Cheesy Egg Puffs

Ingredients

1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
4 green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 cup butter, cubed, divided
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 large eggs, lightly beaten
4 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 cups 4% cottage cheese

Directions
In a skillet, saute the mushrooms and onions in 1 tablespoon butter until tender. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.

In another bowl, combine eggs and cheeses. Melt remaining butter; add to egg mixture. Stir into dry ingredients along with mushroom mixture.

Fill greased muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Carefully run the knife around edge of muffin cups before removing. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Cheesy Egg Puffs

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Monte Cristo Casserole with Raspberry Sauce

Ingredients
1 loaf (1 pound) day-old Italian bread, cut into 1-inch slices
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 pound sliced deli ham
1/2 pound sliced Swiss cheese
1/2 pound sliced deli turkey
6 large eggs
1-1/2 cups milk
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

TOPPING:
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

RASPBERRY SAUCE:
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries

Directions
Line a greased 13×9-in. baking dish with half of the bread. Spread mustard over bread. Layer with ham, cheese, turkey and remaining bread (dish will be full).

In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla; pour over top. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.

Preheat oven to 375°. Remove casserole from refrigerator while oven heats. In a small bowl, mix topping ingredients; sprinkle over casserole. Bake, uncovered, 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in water, lemon juice and maple syrup until smooth. Add raspberries. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Cool slightly.

Let casserole stand 10 minutes before cutting. Serve with sauce. Yield: 12 servings (1-3/4 cups sauce).

Recipe found here: Monte Cristo Casserole with Raspberry Sauce

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Cream Cheese & Chive Omelet

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 large eggs
2 tablespoons minced chives
2 tablespoons water
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 ounces cream cheese, cubed
Salsa

Directions
In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Whisk the eggs, chives, water, salt and pepper. Add egg mixture to skillet (mixture should set immediately at edges).

As eggs set, push cooked edges toward the center, letting uncooked portion flow underneath. When the eggs are set, sprinkle cream cheese on one side; fold other side over filling. Slide omelet onto a plate; cut in half. Serve with salsa. Yield: 2 servings.

Recipe found here: Cream Cheese & Chive Omelet

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Thai Shrimp Stir-Fry

Ingredients
2 medium sweet red peppers, cut into thin slices
1 teaspoon canola oil
1 cup fresh snow peas
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons reduced-fat peanut butter
4-1/2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
Hot cooked fettuccine

Directions
In a large nonstick skillet or wok, stir-fry red peppers in hot canola oil for 1 minute. Add the snow peas, green onions and garlic; stir-fry 2-3 minutes longer or until vegetables are crisp-tender. remove and keep warm.

In the same skillet, combine the broth, peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, ginger and pepper flakes. Cook and stir until peanut butter is melted and mixture comes to a boil. Stir in shrimp. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Return red pepper mixture to skillet; heat through. Serve over fettuccine. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Thai Shrimp Stir-Fry

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